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The Little Engine That Killed's appearance during its only season.

The Little Engine That Killed was a lightweight robot which competed in Season 4.0 of BattleBots. It was a four-wheel drive invertible robot armed with a hinged wedge. It performed decently, reaching the round of 64 in its only season.

Robot history

Season 4.0

The Little Engine That Killed was originally going to fight Little Wicked, but Little Wicked turned out to but overweight for it's class and Team Diablo were unable to reduce it, so The Little Engine That Killed won by default.

Afterburner was The Little Engine That Killed's next opponent. After a few hits, Little Engine stopped Afterburner's spinner and pushed it up into the wall. It pinned Afterburner there, and stayed on it, pushing it around and not letting it spin up, for most of the match. Just near the end Afterburner got away and spun up. Little Engine didn't approach it and try to stop it again, but that turned out to be a good idea. Afterburner got unstable and did a little dance, not flipping over but losing a chance to take another run at Little Engine and try to make a comeback. The judges gave most of the points for aggression to Little Engine, and most of the damage ones to Afterburner, splitting strategy in Little Engines favor, won a 24-21 decision.


  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 1
Wins Losses
Season 4.0

Little Wicked(forfeit)


Scrap Daddy Surplus
Littleengine afterbb

The Little Engine That Killed at Dragon*Con Robot Battles after BattleBots ended.

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